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February 25, 2015

Kenneth D. Meyer, Ph.D

Executive Director, Avian Research and Conservation Institute 

Swallow-tailed Kite migration: 5,000 miles of conservation concerns in a changing world
Prior to the 1900s, Swallow-tailed Kites nested in 21 states, but a decline from 1880 to 1940 resulted in a present scattered population in six southeastern states. Since 1988, the Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) has studied the ecology and behavior of Swallow-tailed Kites to inform management and conservation planning. ARCI has used satellite telemetry to describe the 10,000-mile round-trip migration of U.S Swallow-tailed Kites and to identify impacts on survival and reproduction.
Ken Meyer obtained his B.S. in Zoology from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1978, and his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1987. From 1987 to 1997, he served as a post-doctoral and then research associate in the University of Florida’s Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and was employed as a research biologist with the National Park Service in Big Cypress National Preserve. In 1997, Dr. Meyer founded and now directs the nonprofit Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI), which conducts studies that support the management and conservation of rare birds. Besides producing critical ecological data, these projects have helped train students, land managers, and other biologists here and abroad.  In addition, since 1998, Ken has served as an adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Florida’s Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.




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